Monday, December 13, 2010

2010 -- A Very Good Year!

Phew! Another year is coming to a close at St. Francis Wild Bird Hospital. It has been a very busy year indeed, with a whopping 142 birds coming in for treatment -- our highest number of patients to date!

We were blessed in many ways during 2010. We had the great good fortune of having two interns during the summer months. A young lady from Lyme, Kathleen Murdoch, who is studying wildlife biology at a university in Florida, was able to help us throughout the months of June and July. Another young lady, Kelly Nywening, traveled all the way from upstate New York to help us during the entire month of June. I am so grateful for the help I received from both of these young ladies and wish them happy futures working with wildlife!

Another exciting development: a group of young men from The Oliverian School, a local private school in Pike, N.H., built us an indoor raptor mew. These young men, along with their instructors, spent the day hammering and sawing at the bird hospital to build this large, specially-designed enclosure for hawks and owls. I am most grateful for their efforts!

We also had an impressive turn-out for the annual bird hospital cleaning this past spring. Seven volunteers, mostly people from the town of Lyme, showed up to sweep, scrub and scrape until the hospital was shining clean! Thanks to everyone for your help.

Again, we are also grateful to all of the people who donated towels, cages, food, and encouragement. We could not do our job without you!

A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to All!